18 months
2159 EUR/year
1079 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Coastal Communities and Regional Development from University Centre of the Westfjords is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program addressing the opportunities and challenges of coastal communities along the North Atlantic, North Pacific and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations and best practice examples from other regions will also be presented.

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The Coastal Communities and Regional Development  program from University Centre of the Westfjords  is especially built on the principles and practices of social sciences and humanities, including geography, planning, sociology and economics. Local actions and global impacts as well as tools and policies for just and sustainable futures of coastal areas will be analyzed, both in theory and practice.   

The language of teaching and general communication is English.

By the end of the program students will have acquired necessary competences and skills for handling current and future changes, challenges and transformation processes in coastal communities and regions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Academic Writing Workshop
  • Arctic Ocean Governance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental History
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Icelandic Society and Environment
  • Maritime Anthropology
  • People and the Sea: Geographical Perspectives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

 We accept applications from EU/EEA citizens until June 5!




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree with first grade, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. 
  • Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of the study is based on many fields such as geography, social sciences, economics, and planning.
  • English is the communication and educational language of the program. It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills (CEFR level C1) with recognised tests. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2159 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2159 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1079 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1079 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA: ISK 150,000 
  • NOEU/EEA: ISK 300,000

Living costs for Ísafjörður

122000 - 164000 ISK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Coastal Communities and Regional Development
University Centre of the Westfjords


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